Jon Easter at the Indy Democrat has a post about the kick off for “Freedom Indiana,” a coalition opposed to passage of HJR 6, the Constitutional Amendment that would double down on Indiana’s prohibition on marriage equality for same sex couples and would also preclude the General Assembly from conferring upon unmarried people a legal status “substantially similar” to marriage. Easter calls the coalition eclectic and notes, in particular, the participation of Megan Robertson, an insider in state Republican circles.
While I imagine the opposition to this Constitutional Amendment will be somewhat along party lines, there seems to be a fair amount of cross over. Notoriously, former Democratic speaker, Pat Bauer voted for this amendment. And now we see some business interests, probably more comfortable in the Republican Party, agitating for the right to provide benefits to its employees who are parts of same sex couples along with someone like Ms. Robertson. Conservative media personality Abdul Hakim-Shabazz has been less than thrilled with HJR 6. Opinions on same sex marriage has been noted as a generational thing with younger people more indifferent than older people who might be more likely to be opposed.
If I had to put money on it, my natural pessimism would be to say that HJR 6 passes the General Assembly this year and in a close vote, narrowly passes as a public question in November. However, there is a chance that the question forces the organization of a coalition that could not only defeat the Constitutional Amendment but provide the impetus for repeal of Indiana’s existing “defense of marriage” act.